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Good Affordable Safe Areas to Buy Houses in Texas?

Nov 15th, 2011, 06:51 PM
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Dear 321go, We came on here asking for advice and suggestions because we have plans and want to explore our options. No where have we stated that these plans are set in stone and I do enjoy hearing (reading) everyone's suggestions, insightful tidbits and personal experiences. We stated that some people need to relax and lighten up because we stated next year as a time frame but not when next year.

Dear RoamsAround, I appreciate your letting us know how bad the summer heat gets and the extreme cold that can be felt there. We would have to go there to experience this heat first hand before jumping into a house.

I would have to say that the idea of buying a house 'sight unseen', without living in Texas or having secured a job seemed somewhat doable, but now that the facts are coming to light we are reconsidering our options.

We still want to move to Texas but instead of jumping into buying, we would have to lease and settle in, then once the situation is better, Buy.

MDDT, Thank you for an insight into the health care situation there, salary-wise and employment, etc. The adjustment we would be facing wouldn't be as bad as you'd think. We are just celebrating a year stateside and we haven't gotten into the NY nightlife. We have been dedicating ourselves to studying and our children 100% and going out (theater/restaurants/museums) have not been high on our priorities. Or kids are 4 and 10, making it a difficult time balancing act but easier without the drama of teenagers.
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Nov 15th, 2011, 06:54 PM
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MDDT if you don't have one you should get a remote starter for the car to get the temp down, so you won't sit and cook while the car starts cooling.

Is the fact that the houses are better insulated or is it the energy saver equipment that makes new houses better?
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Nov 16th, 2011, 01:56 AM
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fastings you indicated you have only been stateside for a year - do you mind sharing where you are from?

It is a GREAT area to raise a family. Your children are young enough that they should adjust well - I would move your 10 year old prior to Jr. High.

Texas Health Resources is one of the largest hospital providers in the DFW area. Baylor is here as well. You can go to Texas Health . org and see the job listings. I do not think they have salaries listed.

If you are furthering your education there are also many different colleges in the area.

We leased for a year and I am glad we did - 1. I ended up spending LESS money than I thought I needed to when we first moved here (reverse sticker shock) and we bought in an area that we had not looked at when we first moved here. We did end up buying a new home because in the price point we were looking it worked out best for us - it is pretty expensive to do - with having to add landscaping, window stuff etc but we bought for much less than we thought so it is working out okay. (we just closed in Sept) I do like the new energy "green" stuff in the house and our utility bill is already proving to be less than in the home we leased for the same time of the year last year.

I would love a remote starter - thought those were only for those in the mob wanting to not get blown up when you start your car (my husband is from Brooklyn
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Nov 16th, 2011, 01:58 AM
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One more thing - regarding the extreme "cold" - you are living in Long Island NY - the winters here should be fine. We had 5 snow days last year and that was I guess a lot (It was our first winter so I have nothing to compare it to) - there is "black ice" that made a few of the days tough to drive in - So I think total you had maybe 10 days of being impacted by cold weather TOPS - nothing like New York.

The heat about did me in - not the cold.
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Nov 16th, 2011, 03:22 AM
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You are talking about life changing big decisions here. Who would move somewhere without ever seeing. And I can't imagine buying a house sight unseen.

I don't know that the heat is that big of a health issue(i work in it) I own a sanitation service(garbage trucks). It's just very uncomfortable.

You will not get a 4br, 2.5bath with a pool for $150k. At least not one that I would want to live in.

We live in Oklahoma as I said earlier. So, we visit Texas 4 or 5 times each year. Usually Dallas for shopping. My daughter is 18 and about to graduate HS. She has been to at least 40 of the 50 states. FWIW-She says she wants to live in TX after college.
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Nov 16th, 2011, 04:03 AM
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Texas is a great state with good and bad area

Do a fair amount of real estate investing

Your best bet is to hire a "buyers agent"

to get your best deals it costs you nothing

Go to zillow.com your best short/forclosure/HUD sales

are there... also many vendor's lein

(owner financed) properties... I get things for 20-30 cents

on county appaisal dollor look VERY carefully B4 you leap...

Orange Texas is a nice coastal area with excellent property

Suburb communities of Dallas like Addison TX cost more but

the economy is lots better there are still deals to be had.

Currently am finding best deals on AL Gulf Coast

orangebeach.com gulfshores.com terrycove.com

prettiest area lowest property tax best values

one bridge away from FL

Happy Hunting!
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Nov 16th, 2011, 04:21 AM
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OK about gas prices - my comments were based on Premium Grade which I believe was around $3.90/gal when I purchased some two weeks ago (not in Texas right now). However, as I implied Texans LOVE their cars and drive EVERYWHERE so even if you pay less for gas you'll end up using more.

In summer nobody stays outside for long - you go from your air conditioned house to your air-conditioned car to your air conditioned office - you get the picture. No one spends any time outdoors in the summer if they can anyway avoid it.

MomDDTravel's comments about the cold are essentially correct - 10 maybe 15 days of extreme cold - the rest of the winter is manageable - we even get some days in the 70's or low 80's in winter - A/C's are in use almost year round - rare do we have days when you don't need heat or A/C - one of those units seem to be running all the time.

One other thing to consider - because of the summer heat (I know we seem to harp on this subject) many homeowners hire lawn maintenance companies rather than do the work themselves as it can be brutal work so factor that into your budget.

Don't get me wrong, we like living in Texas but like everything in life there are tradeoffs.

Good luck reaching a decision.
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Nov 16th, 2011, 05:06 AM
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Two Words: Rick Perry
Two More: George (W) Bush

...you sure you wanna move there? lol
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Nov 16th, 2011, 05:51 AM
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Our state (Texas) is growing faster than most states in the U.S. and they aren't all coming up from the south. Lots of corporations have moved to Texas as well. The cost of living is much lower than most other places.

North Dallas--Plano, McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Prosper, Flower Mound, Denton, Grapevine, Coppell are all safe places to live with excellent schools.

Tyler is a smaller city but a medical powerhouse in NE Texas.

Further south, Waco and Austin are nice small cities. I heard recently that Austin is the fastest growing town in the U.S. It is one of the most liberal towns in Texas and also has pretty high cost of living, including housing.

If you want to be closer to the ocean, I would recommend Beaumont, Houston and Galveston.

I really can't think of anywhere in Texas that is unsafe except along the border. Of course, every city has it's unsafe areas. A good realtor can help you with safe areas and good schools.
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Nov 16th, 2011, 10:18 AM
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The best advice is to rent for a year before committing to a move and a home purchase.
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This would be the best advice no matter where you were thinking of moving!
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Nov 16th, 2011, 10:48 AM
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To the OP:

Smarten up. You ask an open-ended question designed for what? Do you have any ideas where you want to work, live, spend time? Urban/suburban/exurban/rural? You did not provide additional information until long after I asked.

Realize that Texas is not homogenous and is not uniform - Houston is different from San Antonio, which is different from Austin, which is different from Fort Worth, which is different from Dallas. Even the brutally hot summers differ in kind and degree based on which city you live in or near. Houston is hot and damp and humid and sucks. Dallas/FW is blazing hot (usually, there have been some summers that didn't suck like in the mid-'00s), Austin tends to be less extreme as does San Antonio. Last summer, each major city in Texas was awful to live in.

There are tons of safe areas and many that suck. You will not be near a major city if you adhere to RoamsAround's statement that:

$200,000 will get you a 3BR house on small lot in a "development" in a decent neighborhood but like everywhere you'll find houses for more or less. Don't let prices fool you the 3 BR home you find here for $200K may not be comparable to the $300k house on Long Island. Yes, you'll get a little more house for your money in Texas vs. NY but it may not be that much more. . . .

First, part of that statement is bollocks: you will get a LOT more house for your money here. Second, you will not be getting a new house in a new development for 200K unless you're going to live in the sticks between Texarkana and Orange, if that. New developments in McKinney, Flower Mound, etc. that are long commutes to the major cities are starting closer to 300-350K and up. In Allen, Frisco, Red Oak, etc. (which are the second ring of suburbs out from Dallas), your number is higher. Simply stated, 200K is a LOW budgetary number for a 3 BR house because a 3 BR house usually will have 2500+ square feet and you're not going to find $80/sqft pricing in or near a major city.

And no, your first post made no sense - if you're in NY and taxes prevent you from finding an affordable house in the 200k range, your statement is nonsense. Anywhere within commuter train distance from the City will cost far more than 200K for a 3 BR house.
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Nov 16th, 2011, 12:40 PM
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Just out of curiosity, I looked at Zillow for real estate in Allen, TX. Yes you can buy 3 bedroom, beautiful homes for under 200K.
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Nov 16th, 2011, 12:42 PM
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You can get a house in Castle Hills off the 121 for 220,000.00 - that is the lowest it can get - that is in a good location with good schools. It is a 3 bedroom brand new home - with NO upgrades.
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Nov 16th, 2011, 01:21 PM
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GREAT neighborhood Northwest of Houston: http://www.sawbuck.com/property/Hous...en-Smoke-Drive
#169.000 Under 200.000 possible
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Nov 16th, 2011, 04:52 PM
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Austin is a unique Texas City. It is probably the most liberal in the state and heavily Democratic. I think the most eclectic and has a lot to offer. Crime is quite low here. The negatives are horrid traffic (3rd worst in the nation) and HOT. July average temp was 102.5. Not normal, but I think a taste of things to come.

However, it's diverse, beautiful, lots to offer with music, parks, jobs and a variety of housing options. There are several hospitals and a new one being built 2 miles from my home in Lakeway. People visit and many decide to move here, as I did in 1983.
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Nov 16th, 2011, 05:12 PM
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If I had to relocate to Texas, Austin is the ONLY place I'd consider.
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Nov 17th, 2011, 05:38 PM
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Egad, I hate that this'll be the last post. Yes, Austin is the only place I'd consider living, but I do have friends who live in other cities in Texas. In this case, my decision is a social/political one...I'm a left-wing Democrat, and most of my friends in Texas are Republicans.

It's difficult to explain why I'm even concerned about the OP other than to say that in my opinion, there's WAY more to consider in relocating than the price of a house and its safety. I'll try to zip my mouth (for now)
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